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During President Barack Obama's visit to Charleston today, West Virginia officials said they're hopeful the Commander in Chief will consider how federal environmental regulations have contributed to the socioeconomic challenges the state currently faces. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Charleston today for a forum on the rise in substance abuse – especially heroin and prescription opioids – that in recent years has plagued the nation and West Virginia in particular.
Several laid-off and working coal miners voiced their concerns Friday to two U.S. congressmen. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., talked with about 10 individuals who said they had been laid off from a coal mine at some point in their career. Some of the people said they were recently laid off and are now unemployed.
Members of the U.S. Congress came to North Central West Virginia Friday to attend a United Mine Workers of America rally and learn more about the issues faced by coal miners in the region. U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., traveled to the Harrison County Mine (formerly Robinson Run) for a tour after the rally, which was held in Morgantown.
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last Friday many Americans have expressed concern about the Syrian refugee program and the possibility that ISIS could pose as refugees to enter the country and do harm on American soil. Today the House addressed these concerns by passing a bill to require thorough background and security checks to be completed before any refugee from Syria or Iraq can come to the United States. The American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act (H.R. 4038) passed with a strong bipartisan veto-proof majority.
Today the House passed a bipartisan, long-term transportation bill that invests in our nation's infrastructure in a fiscally responsible way. The Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 reauthorizes and reforms federal transportation programs for the next six years.
Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) issued the following statement on today's election for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: "Paul Ryan is the best choice to unify our conference and lead the House. He has a proven conservative record and has been very effective at communicating our agenda of smaller, more effective government, economic opportunity, and strong national security.